Quality improvement project on social work service in special child care centre

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Quality improvement project on social work service in special child care centre

 

Author: Leung, Suk-ching Doris
Title: Quality improvement project on social work service in special child care centre
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Social work with children with disabilities -- China -- Hong Kong
Children with disabilities -- Services for -- China -- Hong Kong
Day care centers -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Sciences
Pages: iii, 63 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1643186
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2432
Abstract: Parents of disabled children are facing different level of difficulties and suffering from different kinds of stress. They have difficulties on handling children's discipline, hygiene and feeding. Besides the daily care, parents also pay extra attention on children's training. Taking care of the children is one important aspect. Another important aspect is to deal with the psychological stress of the parents and the family. Parents encounter tensions especially after the birth of their children with disabled. Each transitional period or developmental stage is characterized with problems, regardless at birth or aging. If a family cannot face the difficulties and has no adequate skills and methods to manage the problems, they are likely to suffer from high level of stress and all family members may be affected. In the case of parents of disabled children, many of them are not used to seek help from social workers who somehow find it quite difficult to provide suitable and immediate services for such target clients. According to the above observations through my front-line practice, social workers should consider conducting a comprehensive needs assessment in Special Child Care Centre (SCCC) in order to understand the real needs of their clients' families. Social Workers will detect the problems and difficulties of the families, and design adequate and suitable group program for them. For the urgent and high-risk cases, immediate case counselling could be provided for the most needy clients to prevent deteriorating the problem. In this project, I designed two checklists and examined whether they are valid and reliable for assessing the initial needs of the parents with disabled children. I also consider the importance of creating a comprehensive and organized assessment system, which should help gather relevant information, analyze the main cause(s) of the problem(s) more accurately and assess the level or intensity of clients' needs before implementing effective intervention. Forty parents of two SCCC involved in this project.The two centres were Chun Shek Centre and Tai Wo Hau Centre of the Heep Hong Society.Two centre-in-charge officers and two social workers gave help to collect the data. In this project, the first two sections described the rationale for conducting the needs assessment in SCCC and the characteristics of the parents with disabled children. The third section covered the main assessment items and the data collection procedures. The results of the project were presented in Section Four, and the discussion of the findings was in Section Five. Recommendations and conclusion were outlined in Section Six.

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